Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi

Ian Khama Botswana Democratic Party Mokgweetsi Masisi
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Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi
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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
In office
31 October 2014 – 19 December 2018
PresidentIan Khama
Mokgweetsi Masisi
Preceded byPhandu Skelemani
Succeeded byUnity Dow
Personal details
Born (1951-05-31) 31 May 1951 (age 69)
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materCentral Michigan University

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi is a Motswana journalist and politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana from 2014 until December 2018. She was appointed to the National Assembly of Botswana in 1999 as one of the four specially selected members and was re-elected in the 2004 general elections.[1]

Venson-Moitoi was the Minister of Works, Transport and Communications from 2001 to 2002 and Minister of Trade, Industry, Wildlife and Tourism from 2002 to 2004.[2][3] She was appointed as the Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology in 2004.[4] In the 2009 cabinet, Venson-Moitoi was appointed Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, and later she was appointed as Minister of Education.

On 17 December 2018, Venson-Moitoi announced that she would contest the party presidency. President Mokgweetsi Masisi sacked her from Cabinet the following day.

On 5 April 2019 she wrote a letter to Secretary General of the Botswana Democratic Party stating that she was withdrawing from the presidential election, alleging that the election was "rigged from the beginning."[5] The previous day, the High Court had ruled against her request to have the elective congress postponed, agreed with opposition lawyers that she had not proved if her citizenship was by birth or descent.[5] Her candidacy had been supported by former President Ian Khama, who slammed the ruling party, accusing them of "cheating, intolerance and intimidation."[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Parley elects special MPs". Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). Archived from the original on March 21, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. ^ "Venson is new minister of works". Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). Archived from the original on February 10, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  3. ^ "Mogae reshuffles cabinet". Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  4. ^ "Mogae appoints cabinet -Ten new faces - Five women". Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). Archived from the original on February 10, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  5. ^ a b "Botswana: Venson-Moitoi Withdraws From Race". Daily News. All Africa. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ Sguazzin, Antony; Box, Pauline (5 April 2019). "Khama Slams Botswana Ruling Party Amid Leadership Dispute". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 April 2019.